US Public interest groups file emergency request to halt Mayor Eric Adams' controversial mental health plan
‘She looks like a baby’: Why do kids as young as 5 or 6 still get arrested at schools?
Untold numbers of kids under 10 are arrested at schools every year even though experts warn of potential trauma and see almost no legal justification.ORLANDO, Florida — The preschoolers filed offstage in royal blue caps and gowns, hugging their parents and ready for treats to celebrate their 2018 graduation from Trinity Learning Academy. All but one.
NEW YORK -- Mayor' new plan to involuntarily hospitalize some mentally ill people living on New York City streets is facing its first legal battle.
Advocates are arguing the plan is unconstitutional.
Shannon O'Neill Fonseca was involuntarily hospitalized by NYPD officers in 2019 when her then-partner told 911 she was a danger to herself.
"Some of the PTSD that I struggle the most with right now is from my hospitalizations," she said. "When I was discharged, I did not receive any type of support, there wasn't really an aftercare plan, it was so hard for me to submit any type of documentation and no one followed up with me."
Warnock, Walker: Starkly different choices for Black voters
ATLANTA (AP) — Raphael Warnock is the first Black U.S. senator from Georgia, having broken the color barrier for one of the original 13 states with a special election victory in January 2021, almost 245 years after the nation’s founding. Now he hopes to add another distinction by winning a full six-year term in a Tuesday runoff. Standing in the way is another Black man, Republican challenger Herschel Walker. Both men have common upbringings in the Deep South in the wake of the civil rights movement and would make history as the first Black person elected from Georgia to a full Senate term.
Fonseca has never been homeless herself but worries about the mayor's new policy .
"I'm very, very concerned about New Yorkers with serious mental illness who may not have the resources or the community that I do," she said.
Attorney Marinda van Dalen represents a coalition of advocates who on Thursday filed an emergency request in federal court to halt City Hall's plan.
"We believe this new policy discriminates against people with mental disabilities and will endanger their very lives," she said. "This is the most urgent type of request you can make to a court. We're saying that there's going to be irreparable injury to people if this policy isn't halted immediately."
Officers to receive Congressional Gold Medals for Jan. 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House and Senate leaders will present law enforcement officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 with Congressional Gold Medals on Tuesday, awarding them Congress's highest honor nearly two years after they fought with former President Donald Trump’s supporters in a brutal and bloody attack. To recognize the hundreds of officers who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, the medals will be placed in four locations — at U.S. Capitol Police headquarters, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol and the Smithsonian Institution.
The advocates who filed this request argue that police do not have the training to involuntarily transport mental health patients and the city's hospitals do not have the resources to receive them.
"There are not enough hospital beds today to deal with the people who are voluntarily seeking treatment, let alone the individuals who are now more vulnerable to being picked up and brought to the hospital," said Matt Kudish, CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-NYC.
A City Hall spokesperson responded to the filing, saying in part, "We must break this cycle that has shuffled people experiencing homelessness back and forth between the streets and an emergency room, unconnected to care, and we must stop choosing to ignore people in need of help until they fall into serious or imminent danger."
A spokesman for the city's law department told CBS2 the mayor's plan "fully complies with federal and state law, and we look forward to making our case before the court."
El Paso mayor Oscar Leeser walks off with microphone in wild scene when challenged about border emergency .
In a wild press conference, the mayor of El Paso, Texas — current epicenter of the border crisis — ended a press conference by walking away with the microphone after he was challenged over why he won’t declare a state of emergency by council members. During the Thursday press conference at El Paso City Hall, Mayor Oscar Leeser announced the federal government had promised to advance the beleaguered city $6 million to handle the tidal wave of migrants it’s currently dealing with. “We were able to get the funding without having to [declare an emergency],” Leeser claimed Thursday.